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Game Thread: Mavericks (27-15) at Nets (12-31)

WHO: The New Jersey Nets host the Dallas Mavericks

WHAT: Another lowly team who's been playing well lately.

WHERE: Prudential Center, Newark, NJ

WHEN: 6:00pm CT. It's early.

HOW: League Pass | FSSW-DAL | YES | KESN

THE STORY: The Mavericks haven't had a problem with the Nets in the past, but these days, any team seems able to beat Dallas on any given night. New Jersey has matched their total wins from last season at the halfway mark this year, so obviously they're on the way up. Here's to hoping the Mavs aren't another stepping stone for the Nets' journey back into the realm of legit NBA teams. There are a couple of links to check out, and read about the NetsDaily if you so choose.

Mavericks-Nets Preview - NBA - Yahoo! Sports
With the trade rumors behind them, the New Jersey Nets are having no trouble moving forward. After matching their victory total from last season, the Nets look to win three in a row for the first time in almost two years while trying to avoid a fifth straight loss to the visiting Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night.

Inside Report: Mavericks-Nets preview — Mavs aim to shoot through the Nets
The Mavericks’ trip from Chicago to New Jersey epitomizes their season through 42 games. After suffering an 82-77 loss to the Chicago Bulls Thursday night, the Mavericks planned to board a flight the next day to Newark with plenty of time to rest and prepare for Saturday night’s showdown with the lowly New Jersey Nets.

Nets on a roll just in time for adjusting Mavs - Dallas Mavericks Blog
When the Dallas Mavericks rolled into Detroit last Monday afternoon, the previously hapless Pistons were seeking their first three-game winning streak of the season. And they got it. Now the Mavs come into New Jersey following a physical beating by the Chicago Bulls on Thursday night and a long travel day Friday fraught with delays and detours.

If healthy, sharp-shooting Peja Stojakovic in line for big minutes
The Mavericks’ offense needs help. For all of coach Rick Carlisle’s harping on the other end of the court — and it’s true that the Mavericks can’t be great without toughness on defense — it’s clear that their inability to score points has dragged them down during the last three weeks.